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Under Pressure: The Hypertension Effect

Under Pressure

  • Headaches

  • Shortness of breath

  • Nosebleeds

It is important to note that none of these can point directly to hypertension, but if the pressure is severe enough to have symptoms, it can mean that the pressure is elevated enough to pose significant risk.

Luckily, a hypertension diagnosis can be as simple as taking your blood pressure! Blood pressure should be taken during any routine medical exam, and can even be accepted at many pharmacies, either by machines or by the pharmacist. If your pressure is over 130/80 or 120/90, you should contact a doctor about the possibility of hypertension. They will be able to take an accurate measurement and further educate you on the management of the condition.

Hypertension Causes

Often, hypertension has no underlying cause and is simply something that develops over time. However, there are a few conditions that can lead to hypertension:

  • Sleep apnea

  • Kidney disease

  • Problems with the adrenal gland and/or thyroid

There are even occurrences of hypertension with pregnancy.

Hypertension Complications

Hypertension can have several severe conditions associated with it:

  • Heart attack

  • Aneurysm

  • Heart failure

  • Vessel disease in eyes and kidneys

Hypertension can even cause memory problems and dementia.

High-Pressure Lifestyle

It is possible to live a happy, healthy, and long life with hypertension, but only with proper management. Severe hypertension can be maintained with a variety of medications:

  • Diuretics – By keeping fluid levels in the body down, diuretics ensure blood pressure does not stay elevated

  • ACE inhibitors or ARBs- Help to relax blood vessels by preventing the formation or action (respectively) of a natural chemical that narrows blood vessels, ensuring they stay open

  • Calcium channel blockers – Also aid in the relaxation of blood vessels

While medicine can often be very useful in maintaining healthy blood pressure, as with most conditions, a healthy lifestyle can keep blood pressure as well. Eating a healthy diet that is low in salts can aid in reducing blood pressure. Regular physical activity and maintenance of a healthy weight will also keep hypertension at bay. Finally, keeping alcohol intake to a minimum is an excellent way to reduce the risk of hypertension. Here at Thrive, our certified Functional Medicine (IFM) providers are accustomed to treating complex and intertwined health issues like hypertension from a functional and preventative standpoint. Allow Thrive to play an integral part in your journey to optimal health and wellness in 2019!